Making it fun for young learners to learn grammar Adapting activities from textbooks using stories and games TESOL 2011
Checklist of child-friendly activities Does the activity . . . . . • provide students with a meaningful context for using language? • interest and involve all students? • focus primarily on meaning? • let students pick up some language chunks naturally? • provide students with opportunities to be creative, i.e. to go beyond what they have been taught? • contain language for interaction, for fun/ play, for imaginary purposes? ( not only for linguistic purposes)
Would your students enjoy doing this? From TiengAnh 8
Start this side input climate rainfall aspiration colony feedback labial cognitive parliament top-down fricative information gap square root facilitate articulation STEPPING STONE president capitalism nasal cavity receptive skills lead-in vocal cords equation output multiply empire Get here
Start this side ran come teach sing think flew wash did run ate ring had write sat stand STEPPING STONE say do speak came took laugh tell went be ask Get here
Start this side think ran sing come teach wash flew did ate run ring had write sat stand say speak do took came laugh tell went ask be Get here
How will you make this exercise fun? From TiengAnh 11, unit 16
You may twist it into part of an adventure. Choose a door to enter the Pyramid.
Once upon a time there lived a bear named Yogi. One day he went into a room and found this piece of map.
Choose an object to see if it contains a piece of the map. 1 7 9 6 2 3 5 10 4 8
Hooray! Please do this task.
Then Yogi prepared to start the journey. I’ll give you a stick and a bag if you complete these tasks.
After a long journey, Yogi arrived at Successful Life Land and… I will give the key to the best group!